US PC game charts: September 10-16

The Sims 2's Glamour-ous Life succumbs to the force of Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy.

If variety is the spice of life, the US PC Charts are one of the blandest dishes on the planet. For the past two years, the top slot in the chart has almost always been occupied by World of Warcraft, the Sims 2, or one of the various Sims 2 expansions. During the week of September 3-9, the add-on The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff enjoyed its second stay at number one after dethroning WOW, which had spent much of the prior month in the pole position.

However, the monotony changed during the week of September 10-16, according to the most recent sales rankings released by the NPD Group. That seven-day stretch saw both Electronic Arts' Paris Hilton-worthy-accessory expansion pack and Blizzard Entertainment's social-life-gutting massively multiplayer online role-playing game bested by a newcomer. LucasArts' block-toy/sci-fi-film crossover Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy proved to be quite the retail force in the days after its September 12 release, becoming the first game to debut at number one since Madden NFL 07's brief stint at the top in August.

The week also saw another game do well during its first week on the market. The regular edition of THQ and Relic's Company of Heroes premiered in a solid third place, wedged in between Glamour Life Stuff and WOW, while the special Collector's Edition of the game landed in sixth place, just below The Sims 2. Despite some problems with SLI graphics-card compatibility (which has since been patched), the World War II real-time strategy title has earned sparkling reviews from numerous outlets, including GameSpot.

Besides the omnipresent WOW, Blizzard had a second game in the top 10 during the week--the Warcraft III Battle Chest compilation, which landed in seventh place. That was ahead of THQ's film-inspired minigame compilation Cars Radiator Springs Adventures (eighth), EA's Sim City 4 Deluxe (ninth), and The Sims 2 Open for Business (10th).

Five titles dropped out of the top 10 during the week of September 10-16: Star Wars: Empire at War, Civilization IV: Warlords, Half-Life 2: Episode One, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and the RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Gold bundle.

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VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

I'm still waiting for Neverwinter Nights 2 to shake up the charts a bit later on when it is released. All of these current chart toppers don't appeal to me.

_Sam_
_Sam_

didn't expect WOW to keep going down

lvlUNE3B
lvlUNE3B

ummmm.... many "sim" games.

Simmy2
Simmy2

Simcity 4? OH YEAH SIM CITY POWER.

Siao222
Siao222

hmm CoH might actually be ranked 1st if you combine both normal and collector's edition

AA7
AA7

Lego Starwars is such a great game, if you havent had a chance to try it out you definatly should make the time to do so.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Weird to see SimCity 4 and Warcraft III: Battlechest up there.

Faelas
Faelas

Looking at the Warcraft 3 expansion there makes me want to scream: "BLIZZARD!! MAKE AN EXPANSION FOR STARCRAFT AGAIN!!!! PLEASE!!"

faizali86
faizali86

the first time im seeing such a huge in change in sales charts(besides madden)

ZhenDash
ZhenDash

One of the reasons why the Battlechest of Warcraft III is up on the charts again is because of the MASSIVE popularity map of DotA

death919
death919

WOOT!!! :D Warcraft 3 is up there again! :D One of the greatest games of all time, seriously if you don't own it then you owe it to yourself to buy that game! AMAZING! :D

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

About time! I was hoping the domination by casuals would slow down a bit. Now, how about a decent wrestling game for PC anyone? It's been several years since even bad ones came out.

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

So Luke and pals took over the Sims...YAY! I hope to see next some WWII taking over those Sims and in months to come...some war from the 40,000 century taking over the Sims

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

Will Cars be gone or lower next week.... We'll have to wait and see.

radiocreed
radiocreed

Warcraft 3 still selling? It might the effect of WOW rubbing on new players to try War3.

Chainblast
Chainblast

CoH will be number 1 next week. Rest assured, WoW will be back. Cannot go wrong with either.

revelations
revelations

Wow Sim City 4 is on there...and ive never bought a Sims game before, who the heck is buying it?!?!

Thetoker789
Thetoker789

Cheers mate! WoW has finally been dethroned from its crown but for how long?

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

DANG! WOW isn't first? That's freaking weird.

Doc_Ryhme
Doc_Ryhme

I've always hated WoW myself. It's a total rip-off. You keep paying for a game AFTER you buy it? That's BS.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

it's EA THQ and Blizzard domination!!!

GameAuthority
GameAuthority

CoH is an amazing game. With the new Dawn of War expansion and Supreme commander coming out soon, THQ has got the RTS genre covered.

Mohamadouf
Mohamadouf

well you can finally find good games to beat the undisputed WoW. go Lego, go CoH

sykonfc
sykonfc

Company of Heroes is sailing high considering it was just released the same week that this sales chart was published.

metroidlink1030
metroidlink1030

Wow, look at all of those Sim games. EA must be even richer than I thought.